Thursday, 14 February 2013

Paper Artsy Challenge

I haven't posted for a month, victim of creative block, evasive mojo whatever... I blame the awful winter grey skies and miserable rain ! To try and kickstart my crafting I have decided to enter the Paper Arsty challenge which this week features Helen Chilton and Crunchy wax.
Probably due to my lack of mojo, everything that could go wrong went wrong ! Starting by the technique showed by Helen with embossed Crunchy wax and inks. Except I used paints
and as a result the bricks (I used Tim Holtz bricks embossing folder) hardly look like bricks !
If you're looking for them it's the sand coloured splats.

I would have changed tack and used the crunchy wax over the splats but I didn't want any thickness as this (it's an A4 binder) is going to be handled a lot.
I had to use my Chicken wire mask (Crafter's workshop) as I am still trying to find the best technique with it, having discovered that sprays are no good (too much seepage under the stencil). This time I thought texture paste... which I mixed with black acrylic paint not expecting the mix to be quite that black ! To tone it down, I dabbed some silver ink on top with mixed results.

The main images are from Hot Picks 1202 and 1111, plus some bits and pieces from 1206 (obliterated under bricks and chickenwire on the left), 1207 and 1203.
For the background colours I used Fresco Rose, a bit of yellow and some blue acrylic paints, which I watered down a lot. I stamped some texture with craft inks all around the "page" in similar colours and then decide to spritz... my newly made DIY pink spray was a bit too vivid !
I used Aged Aqua and Aged Rose embossing powders in 2 corners.

Although it's not great I had thrown so much a it, it was time to stop...

Thanks for coming by,


  1. This is fabulous, I love the colours, and the stamps go so well with the mask xx

  2. I think this is great, the colours look lovely with the stamps and texture past chicken wire.

    Sylv xx

  3. Well, it might not have gone to plan, but the end result is really lovely!

  4. Coucou Crafty, tu m'as fait rire avec tes essais pseudo-ratés...!!! Mais le résultat est magnifique, j'adore ta page moi !! Les couleurs sont superbes, ton mask est parfait avec j'aime beaucoup... et chaque détail et addition est bien jolie ! Bravo et bonne chance pour ce challenge !! J'essaierai bien les challenges PA mais je n'ai pas trop le temps en ce moment. Et sinon en réponse à ta question de tout à l'heure, les tampons de "L'Encre et l'Image" sont des tampons français faits par Manuéla Jamet. Ils sont distribués par plusieurs boutiques en France, mais je ne sais pas si tu peux les trouver en angleterre... Bises

  5. Haha! I know the feeling! Great you posted it though because it really is great! I love it! The methods you went through to achieve this is brilliant! Very helpful to the rest of us mere mortals! Creativity can be such hard work....well done for sticking with it!'s great!

  6. Boy do I know that feeling lol so much has gone in the bin lately, you have achieved a great result :)
    Von ♥